Include A Dental Checkup On Your School Checklist
It’s the first day of school and, as you expected, your kids aren’t exactly jumping out of bed. With your “encouragement,” they do get dressed and get ready to meet the bus or to get in your vehicle to be dropped off.
You made sure each of them has their backpack and the supplies they need to be successful. You also are glad that you scheduled your back-to-school dental checkups at Perfect-A-Smile Dental Group. You fill confident your kids are cavity-free and have picture-worthy smiles for the start of the new school year …
We can’t promise that’s exactly how your family’s first day back to school will go. However, we do think you will be glad that you called 440-708-0900 today make appointments for your loved ones at our Chagrin Falls, OH family dentist office.
Your Dental Checklist
To get ready for the start of classes, teachers put together supply lists for their students. You’ve probably been going through and checking things off to make sure your kids have what they need for the year ahead.
If we were putting together a list, we would recommend the following for your younger family members:
- Dental cleanings and exams
If you only can do one thing on this list, do this one. Professional dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar (which can lead to cavities). Dental exams give our team a chance to identify problems in the early stages, so they can be treated before they become painful problem.s
- Fluoride treatments
When it is applied to teeth, fluoride has two important benefits. First, it can repair minor demineralization before it develops into decay. Second, it can make teeth stronger and less likely to develop cavities.
- Dental sealants
If you put a barrier between your family’s teeth and harmful bacteria, they are much less likely to develop cavities. Sealants are a coating that can cover teeth and act as that barrier.
- Athletic mouthguards
If anyone in your family is planning to play sports, in the fall or later in the school year, we stronger recommend wearing a mouthguard for all practices and games. The best protection comes from custom-fitted mouthguard (which we can make for you). These are smaller and more comfortable the store-bought mouthguards, too.
Stay In School, Stay Focused
Students in the United States miss 51 million hours of instruction every year because of oral health problems, according to the American Dental Association.
In addition, recent studies have found that students with oral health problems are four times more likely to have bad grades than their peers. Another survey found that roughly 1 in 7 children between the ages of 6 and 12 said that they had a toothache in the prior six months.
In other words, it’s better to act today to prevent or treat problems than to risk them becoming a distraction in the classroom.